College of Engineering
Dennis Livesay, dean
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Steven Skinner, associate dean, undergraduate studies, finance and administration
Janet Twomey, associate dean, graduate studies, research and faculty success
Modern technological developments in engineering have brought about considerable change in the College of Engineering’s curriculum at Wichita State University. The curriculum provides graduates the skillset, mindset, and experience necessary to rapidly advance economic and technological prosperity, health, and well-being. Consequently, WSU graduates are increasingly attractive to employers and graduate programs throughout the United States.
The College of Engineering is organized into six degree-granting departments: aerospace engineering; biomedical engineering; electrical engineering and computer science; engineering technology; industrial, systems, and manufacturing engineering; and mechanical engineering.
College of Engineering Policies
All entering students with a declared interest in engineering will be admitted to the College of Engineering in program status. Engineering students must complete the following courses, each with a grade of C or better, within the first 48 credit hours:
Transfer students admission criteria can be found on the Admission Requirements tab.
Students are placed on academic probation if any of the following grade point averages is less than 2.000 and if they have attempted at least 6 credit hours at Wichita State University:
- Overall grade point average of all college/university work,
- Institutional grade point average, and
- Engineering major grade point average.
An attempted course means that the student has officially enrolled in the course and either completed the course or was granted an incomplete. Attempts include courses receiving the grades (to include plus/minus grades) A, B, C, D, F, Cr, NCr, Bg, NBg, S, U and I but exclude Au, CrE and W. Academic probation is not removed until all grade point averages are at least 2.000. Transfer students admitted on probation must complete at least 12 hours of credit work at Wichita State before probation may be removed.
Students on academic probation may not enroll for more than 14 credit hours in a 16-week term, 6 credit hours in an eight-week term, or 3 credit hours in a four-week term. Exceptions may be made on the recommendation of the student’s department advisor and the approval of the student’s department chairperson.
Students are not academically dismissed at the end of a semester unless they began that semester on academic probation. Students will remain on probation as long as their overall, institutional or engineering major grade point average is below 2.000. Students on academic probation will be dismissed at the end of a semester if they fail to earn a semester grade point average at or above 2.000, and have an overall, institutional or engineering major grade point average below 2.000.
Dismissal from the college because of poor academic performance constitutes dismissal from the university. Dismissed students should immediately consult with their departmental academic or faculty advisor to explore options and conditions for future readmission.
Academic Advising and Enrollment
Students in the College of Engineering are required to receive academic advising from their academic or faculty advisor before enrolling each semester. Engineering students are strongly urged to register early for courses during published registration dates to avoid closed classes. Late registration or adding engineering courses will be allowed only during the first week of a regular semester or the first three days of a summer session.
Students in the College of Engineering may not enroll in more than 21 credit hours per semester during the academic year. Summer session enrollments are limited to a maximum of 5 credit hours for each four-week session or 10 credit hours during the eight-week session. Students who have completed at least 24 credit hours at WSU with a WSU grade point average of 3.000 or higher may petition their department chairperson for permission to enroll in additional hours.
Students who are employed full or part time should, in consultation with their academic advisor, reduce their enrollment to a level appropriate to their work load.
Only students admitted to the College of Engineering or the Graduate School will be allowed to enroll in engineering courses. The dean's office will consider petitions for exceptions to the preceding statement for qualified nonengineering students with legitimate reasons for enrolling in engineering courses.
Students transferring credits for engineering courses taken at other institutions must submit official transcripts to The Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to being admitted to WSU. Transfer course evaluations may require the student to provide course descriptions and syllabi to the College of Engineering for evaluation.
Degree-bound WSU students should speak with a departmental academic or faculty advisor before enrolling in courses at another institution.
Degrees and Certificates Offered
The Bachelor of Science degree programs in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, product design and manufacturing engineering, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Bachelor of Science degree program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Bachelor of Science degree in engineering technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
A Master of Science (MS) is offered in aerospace, biomedical, computer networking, computer science and electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering. A Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program is offered in the industrial, systems and manufacturing engineering department. A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) also is offered by the aerospace, electrical and computer science, industrial, systems and manufacturing, and mechanical departments.
Typical fields of specialization include: aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, propulsion, structures, solid mechanics, composites, dynamics and control; communication theory, computer networking, signal processing, software engineering, control theory, digital systems, energy and power systems; thermodynamics, heat transfer, engineering materials, engineering design and kinematics; and operations research, management science, manufacturing processes and human factors.
See the Wichita State University Graduate Catalog for more information about the graduate programs.
The College of Engineering offers an undergraduate certificate in sustainable materials and design.
See the graduate catalog for additional information regarding graduate certificates.
All engineering students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees must meet three sets of course requirements for graduation:
- WSU general education requirements,
- College of Engineering requirements,
- Departmental requirements, and
- Graduation GPA requirements.
WSU General Education Requirements
- Foundation courses: All WSU students must complete the following courses (or their equivalents) within the first 48 credit hours: ENGL 101 or ENGL 100 (for non-native speakers), and ENGL 102 , each with a grade of C- or better, and COMM 111 with a grade of C- or better.
- Four introductory courses which include one course in fine arts, one course in humanities, and two courses in two different disciplines in social and behavioral sciences.
- One advanced further study course in humanities or social and behavioral sciences (may not be taken in PHIL).
- One issues and perspectives course: PHIL 354 or PHIL 385 (see College of Engineering requirements below).
Refer to the General Education Program for a list and descriptions of the introductory and advanced further study courses.
All WSU students must complete courses in the division of mathematics and natural sciences; however, the engineering curriculum automatically satisfies this requirement.
College of Engineering Requirements
Ethics: PHIL 385 is a required course for engineering students, while PHIL 354 is required for students in computer engineering and computer science. Students in the engineering technology — cybersecurity concentration are encouraged to take PHIL 354 instead of PHIL 385.
Engineering 2020: In response to the recommendation of the National Academy of Engineering report on the future needs for engineering graduates, the College of Engineering implemented the Engineer of 2020 program. All students must complete the 2020 program requirements including at least three of the following seven activities: undergraduate research, cooperative education or internship, global learning or study abroad, service learning, leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, and multidisciplinary education. This program will make the educational experience more meaningful to the student and the student more desirable to local and national industries. More details about the program can be found on the College of Engineering website.
Mathematics and natural sciences: Each program requires a minimum number of credit hours under the mathematics and natural sciences category. Refer to individual program requirements for more details.
Department requirements: Each department has specific courses that must be completed. These courses and their prerequisites are in the departmental sections of the catalog and are listed on the departmental check sheets.
Technical electives: Additional courses required, but not specified, by the department. Each should be chosen in consultation with a departmental academic or faculty advisor.
All programs are designed to meet ABET criteria and satisfy WSU general education requirements. All courses should be selected with the assistance of departmental academic or faculty advisors. The recommended sequence of courses for all departments is outlined later in this section. Each sequence has been planned so that students can complete the program and meet all requirements in the minimum time.
Graduation GPA Requirements
Students must file an online application for degree (AFD) card two semesters preceding their final semester.
Graduation grade point average requirements: The candidate for a degree must attain a 2.000 grade point average in each of the following categories:
- All college and university work attempted (overall grade point average);
- All work attempted at WSU (institutional grade point average); and
- All work in the student’s major, which includes technical electives.
Students are not allowed credit toward graduation for D grade work in excess of one-quarter of their total hours.
Inter-College Double Major
An inter-college double major allows a student to complete an academic degree and major in one of the professional colleges (Barton School of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Health Professions) along with a major in Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For details see Inter-College Double Major.
Cooperative Education Program
The College of Engineering offers a cooperative education program in conjunction with the Career Development Center.
The co-op plan is a voluntary program in which the student works part time (parallel program) or alternates paid preprofessional work periods with classroom periods during the junior and senior years.
To be eligible for the co-op program, a student must have completed 24 credit hours (9 within the College of Engineering) and be able to demonstrate by academic performance during the freshman year, the potential to complete the degree program satisfactorily. Generally, this means earning a grade point average of 2.500 or higher. Also the student’s character and personality must be acceptable to the cooperating employer. Transfer students with the above qualifications should contact the engineering career specialist at the beginning of their first semester at WSU. To continue in the program, a student must maintain a satisfactory academic standing.
Students interested in participating in the program should contact the College of Engineering career specialist, who will provide the necessary information on what steps need to be taken to enroll.